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Fabulously Fragrant Shrubs for PNW Gardens

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Camellia ‘Minato-no-akebono’. Photo: Paul Bonine/Xera Plants

Gardening is about visual beauty, but I believe that plants should excite all of our senses. In my own small garden, I demand not just good looks and a tough disposition; I delight in the bonus of fragrance that contributes an unforgettable dimension. This approach has served me well and I look forward to the stars of each season.

The following shrubs are worth seeking out and relishing in a Pacific Northwest garden.


A sweet camellia for the darkest time of the year: Camellia ‘Minato-no-akebono’

I’ve become enchanted with camellias and I believe there is a gardening renaissance awaiting this old fashioned genus. Not only are camellias more forgiving of summer drought than people realize, they offer wonderful flowers at a time of the year when they are needed the most. The fragrance is a surprise in winter, and with the help of diligent breeders, it has been imbued into larger, well-formed flowers.

Camellia lutchuensis, a lovely and fragrant species with tiny, white flowers, is the parent that brings perfume to the party. It is...


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